• Indian tribes and native villages commonly, in addition to the governmental side of their day-to-day operations; have significant business enterprises, ranging from gaming operations to entertainment venues including hotels, grazing operations, convenient stores, and restaurants. A records management program helps the tribe formally declare both physical and electronic records and tags information as belonging to appropriate retention areas, such as high security records, minutes, resolutions, codes, correspondence and historical document categories. The results of this effort allow the tribe to determine which information needs to be kept and for how long, and which content needs to be marked for higher security management due to its value and risk.
• The records management program also identifies which information is eligible for deletion or destruction, reducing risk and cost associated with over-retention as well as better management of information which may be affected by legal or audit holds. In addition, a formal records management program puts the tribe in a better position for negotiating with Federal and State government when lobbying for new enterprises or other trust issues as it demonstrates credibility in securing these rights, through quick and easy access by tribal officials to documents required for negotiation purposes and litigation.
• This course is designed to assist tribal officials, tribal administrators, secretaries, Admin. Assistants, including, legal counsel, IT, Gaming Commissioners and Tribal Council members in preparing the business case for designing and implementing a records management program to assist in the management of all tribal records.